Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mohajote seat arithmetic 240 plus 60

Mohajote seat arithmetic 240 plus 60

AL leaves 40 for JP, 5 for WP, 3 each for JSD and JF

News Report Awami League kept 240 and handed out 60 seats to its allies for contesting the coming polls after protracted mathematical brainwork to make two ends meet. Following protracted haggling with the grand alliance's leading party, inner-party rat race and recurrent dram in the party of former military ruler HM Ershad, the Jatiya Party finally bagged 40-42 seats for contest in election to the 300-seat parliament. Among others, the Workers Party of Bangladesh managed five seats, JSD and newcomer Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) got three each, while two went for JP (Manju), as many for Bangladesh Tariqat Federation and one for Ambia-led JSD. "The seat sharing was completed on consensus with our allies," AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said unveiling the list of coalition candidates Friday. As major AL allies couldn't satisfy their many aspirants in the rationing of limited seats, they were accorded liberty for a dual race in the December 30 polls. "If any alliance partner wants to contest the election with its own electoral symbol in any constituency, it will be allowed to do so," Obaidul Quader told reporters. WP leaders said their five candidates will contest the polls with the common coalition symbol 'Boat' of the Awami League and the rest with party symbol 'Hammer'. And so will do the JSD-the rest will run with 'Torch'. However, there are learnt to be disagreements over allies contesting the polls in the same constituencies where coalition candidates are fielded with the boat symbol, as it could weaken them in the fight against the BNP-led combined opposition.

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